K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


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North Carolina thinking skills
Model of thinking skills adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 1994. Lists seven levels of thinking skills from simplest to most complex: knowledge, organizing, applying, analyzing, generating, integrating, and evaluating.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction administers the policies adopted by the State Board of Education and offers instructional, financial, technological, and personnel support to all public school systems in the state.
oral history
A method of collecting historical information through recorded interviews with individuals who are willing to share their memories of the past.

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Child labor in North Carolina's textile mills
The photographs of Lewis Hine show the lives and work of children in North Carolina's textile mill villages in the first decades of the twentieth century.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Colonial and state records of North Carolina
Lessons developed using the Colonial State Records of North Carolina collection from Documenting the American South
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway
In these lessons and units for eighth grade, students delve into the rich primary sources and historical overlooks from the Driving Through Time project and explore the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
The Great Depression: Impact over time
In this lesson students listen to oral history excerpts from Stan Hyatt from Madison County and evaluate how the Great Depression affected one North Carolina family over time.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Commemorative landscapes
These lessons for elementary, middle, and high school were developed in collaboration with The University of North Carolina Library Commemorative Landscapes project to introduce and promote student understanding and writing of North Carolina’s history through commemorative sites, landscapes, and markers.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Diary of a journey of Moravians
First-hand account of the journey of twelve Moravian brothers from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Bethabara, North Carolina in 1753.
Format: diary (multiple pages)
Report of Vice-Consul R. E. Heide on the Resources, Trade and Commerce of North Carolina (1875)
An 1875 report on the population, geography, industry, and natural resources of North Carolina, with particular attention to shipping, navigation, and the production of naval stores.
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina maps
A collection of lesson plans for grades K-12 centered on historic maps of North Carolina
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Farmville's choice
In this lesson, students will learn about rural life in North Carolina at the turn of the century. Home demonstration and 4H clubs implemented many programs to help people learn better farming techniques, ways of preserving food, and taking care of the home. Several North Carolina leaders went to great lengths to ensure the success of these programs. In part of this activity, students help the town of Farmville dedicate a monument to one of those people.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Clays of the Piedmont: Origins, recovery, and use
A “virtual field trip” through the North Carolina Piedmont and thousands of years of history explains the origin of Piedmont clays and how clay is made into pottery. With high-resolution photographs.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Interstate highways from the ground up
This lesson gives students a first-hand opportunity to hear about the planning and effort it takes to build a highway by through an oral history of a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) resident engineer.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Montford Point Marine Museum
Visit this museum which preserves the legacy of the Montford Point Marines, African American Marines who served with courage and pride from 1942 to 1949.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Battleship North Carolina
Uses a variety of formats including oral histories, video footage, and zoomable images to cover the history of the USS North Carolina and other naval vessels afloat during WWII.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History
Best practices, process guides, worksheets, and other resources for teaching with LEARN NC's digital textbook of North Carolina history.
Format: (multiple pages)
Reading primary sources: Newspaper editorials
This interactive guide to reading a 19th-century newspaper editorial steps through layers of questions, guiding the reader through the process of historical inquiry. This edition is one in a series of guides on reading historical primary sources.
Format: newspaper (multiple pages)
Reminiscences of Levi Coffin: The story of Jack Barnes
A chapter from the memoir of Levi Coffin, a Quaker abolitionist who was heavily involved in the Underground Railroad in the 19th century.
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina Pottery Center
Interprets the history and technology of pottery-making in North Carolina and preserves a collection of North Carolina pottery and related artifacts.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Northampton County Museum
Exhibits focus on the history of the Northampton County area from the prehistoric to the present.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Eureka Gold Panning and Carolina Gem Fluming
Pan for gold and learn about the history of gold mining in North Carolina at this outdoor venue in Pleasant Garden, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity